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What is this fabric called pleased?

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perfectlybroken Sat 21-Jan-17 20:55:09

I am looking for a sort of cotton fabric, I presume it must have a name! It's very thin, but hangs quite heavily, and is extremely soft, almost has a slightly brushed feel but nowhere near as think as brushed cotton. It almost feels like it's been washed a lot, even when it's new.
A friend bought me a kaftan made from it, from Somalia, and I found it sooo comfy. I don't remember seeing it on sale very often, except once in local fabric shop and I passed by it at the time as was looking for something else. I'm now hunting it down, but a name would help!
Anyone have any ideas?
Thanks grin

NotMeNoNo Sat 21-Jan-17 21:01:49

A lightweight flannel? Like casual shirts?

vicarlady Sat 21-Jan-17 21:04:54

Cheesecloth, perhaps?

7SunshineSeven7 Sat 21-Jan-17 21:16:47

Muslin cloth?

perfectlybroken Sat 21-Jan-17 21:18:11

notmenow I did wonder if it was still classed as flannel, as it has a slightly brushed feel. I've never seen shirts made from it though, it's thinner and smoother than that. I might google very thin flannel...
vicarlady no, not cheesecloth, thought I do love cheesecloth.

perfectlybroken Sat 21-Jan-17 21:20:32

I don't think it can be flannel, it always seems to be referred to as warm and cosy, and the one I have is what you would want to wear on a hot day to stay cool.

Pestilence13610 Sat 21-Jan-17 21:21:27

A bit like chambray?

Swissgemma Sat 21-Jan-17 21:24:29

Calico?

Littlelondoner Sat 21-Jan-17 21:26:46

Bamboo muslin?

LadyMonicaBaddingham Sat 21-Jan-17 21:37:51

Flannelette?

TanaLawn Sat 21-Jan-17 21:39:37

Lawn?

TanaLawn Sat 21-Jan-17 21:40:27

Cotton batiste

TanaLawn Sat 21-Jan-17 21:42:15

No, CHALLIS, that's what I was thinking of...

TanaLawn Sat 21-Jan-17 21:43:20

Challis - A lightweight, soft plain weave fabric with a slightly brushed surface. The fabric is often printed, usually in a floral pattern. Challis is most often seen in fabrics made of cotton, wool, or rayon.

PlushVelvet Sat 21-Jan-17 21:53:53

Linen goes very soft and slightly plush to the touch when it's been washed a lot. It gets better the more it's washed.

Pestilence13610 Sat 21-Jan-17 21:56:19

Cotton challis, seems a likely contender.

TanaLawn Sat 21-Jan-17 22:00:07

Or rayon challis like this indiesew.com/blog/fabric-files-rayon-challis.

I've had rayon challis that I bought in India and it was so so soft and lovely for hot weather. It did feel slightly brushed.

oxcat1 Sat 21-Jan-17 22:10:55

Double gauze? If it is this, you should be able to pull the two layers apart ever so slightly between your fingers.....

perfectlybroken Sat 21-Jan-17 22:16:32

Ooh loads of suggestions, thanks. I did think of a cotton rayon mix, that's a possibility.
Definitely not double gauze, or lawn.
Ooh, from the close ups in that link I think its rayon challis!

perfectlybroken Sat 21-Jan-17 22:17:39

I'm not sure with the cotton challis from the that photo, it seems to lack that slightly brushed quality.

perfectlybroken Sat 21-Jan-17 22:18:28

Definitely not linen, that's one of my favourite all time fabrics (make it into anything and it looks great).

DesolateWaist Sat 21-Jan-17 22:20:18

Years ago I had brushed silk. Very odd stuff

perfectlybroken Sat 21-Jan-17 22:22:46

A bit thinner and softer than chambray.

perfectlybroken Sat 21-Jan-17 22:24:20

I think brushed silk made an appearance in the 90's desolate, I had a dress, it was weird!

perfectlybroken Sat 21-Jan-17 22:26:09

Calico too crisp

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